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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

February 23, 2011

February’s grey weather did not deter the more than 150 people who atten

February 21, 2011

Taseko mines announced yesterday (Feb 21st) that it has resubmitted a revised proposal for the controversial Prosperity Mine to the federal

February 21, 2011

Well, we’ve waded into another controversy over water. You may have read me quoted in the Globe and Mail or the

February 6, 2011

Ecojustice Lawyer Randy Christensen is sounding the alarm bell warning that the government’s current efforts to modernize the Water Act could open the door to privatization of BC’s water (and that alarm has recently been

January 23, 2011

 Metro Vancouver has given second reading to its new Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), and sent the plan to its member municipalities for approval.  But the plan is coming under attack from crit

January 19, 2011

I’ve just posted “Is now the time to criminalize ecocide”, discussing Polly Higgins’ proposal to create a crime of ecocide - criminalizing large scale environmental destruction.  But it also seems appropriate to make some observations on

January 19, 2011

If you haven’t heard of “ecocide”, I suspect you will in the coming years.  That’s because British lawyer, Polly Higgins, has made it her life mission to have the UN recognize ecocide as a 5th Crime Against Peace (alongside genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Cr

January 5, 2011

Well, it’s been a year since we launched the Environmental Law Alert Blog (our first post was January 4th, 2010, although the site didn’t actually go live until a week later).  Thank you to everyone who’s read our posts during this critical fi

December 19, 2010

Hot off the press – the Province has unveiled a new “policy proposal” for a Water Sustainability Act.